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Pot of Gold Regatta

Pot of Gold Regatta

We went to the Sarasota Sailing Squadron for a SBYABOTY race last Sunday.  Fruition was the only other Venice boat there, and she was sailing in the Spinnaker Class.  The forecast was for very light wind, but the reality was just dandy, with a nice southerly at about 8 knots with gusts into the mid teens. 

    There was a miserable turnout (though better than most others recently) with 22 PHRF boats in four classes.  All the PHRF boats started together using Rule 26 signals and flags, but the Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker boats sailed a 7-leg windward-leeward mixed with triangles course of 6.5 nm length, we (Spray), in the Cruiser Class as well as the Pocket Cruiser fleet, sailed the first 5-legs with the Spinnaker/Non-Spinnaker fleet and then sail a couple of shorter legs for a total of 5.3.nm.

      Yesterday  was the first day of the VSS 2018-19 racing season, and it was a  beautiful day for sailing.  I take that as a harbinger of good things to  come!  The  weather was mostly clear and sunny with a nice easterly breeze of  around 8 to 12 knots with some gusts in the lower and mid teens.  Definitely JAPSDIP!    Here’s what was recorded at the NOAA instruments on the Venice Pier       We  only had 5 boats come out, which I guess wasn’t much of a surprise  considering how miserable it’s been on the water recently with the red  tide and frequent thunderstorms. On the other hand we didn’t have our  first race until 10/21 last season because winds of around 20 knots  drove the four boat fleet in before we started. Spray actually did sail  around the course and we had some fun. In any case, this year was an  improvement on last year.  I  picked going around the nearly equilateral 5.22 nm triangle clockwise.  With the east wind it’s sometimes a bit hard to choose a direction that  will produce a decent windward leg, but the nice weather made the  sailing fun anyway. Caribe Time started first followed by Stinger , Seas  The Day, Spray (That’s us) and Raegan-e. We were the only boat to fly a  spinnaker, though I’m surprised the Reagan-e and Seas The Day didn’t.  In our case the spinnaker caused us some problems, especially on the  second leg where some tangles had us sailing down wind trying to get it  down, which was not getting us closer to the next mark, for several  minutes and then once we were headed in the right direction a tangled  line prevented getting the Genoa unfurled. To top it off, we broke the  Genoa sheets twice! It’s a wonder that we made it around at all!  Raegan-e started in the back and had passed us all by the time she  reached the final leg, and sailed off to a commanding win.      VSS FALL SERIES RACE 1    After  the race we turned the Genoa sheets around and tied on the better ends  that had been inboard previously. No more breaks that day. Seas The Day  and Caribe Time decided to head in after the first race, leaving us with  a fleet of just three boats. I called for the same course, which was  probably a mistake, because the final leg was not a good windward leg,  but a port tack fetch. We decided (actually my crew mutinied and  decided) not to fly the spinnaker for the second race but,  unfortunately, I forgot to take advantage of a 1 min. head-start that I  could have claimed. That might have been useful, because we passed  Stinger and held off Raegan-e until we got to the second mark, when  Raegan-e snuck in front just as we were rounding. If we had a one minute  lead at that point, it’s possible that we could have covered them to  the finish, especially sense it was a one-tack beat. On the other hand,  they beat us by a whopping 4 min., so we were probably going to lose  anyway.      VSS FALL SERIES RACE 2    I  was exhausted by the time we back to the slip, and ended up sitting on  the boat well after everyone else had left. I had some pretty serious  health problems during the summer and had thought I was pretty much OK,  but it’s clear that I have a way to go before regaining my strength, if I  can ever do that.  One  interesting feature of the day was the strong ebb tide that was running  out of the inlet all afternoon. The current between the jetties was  predicted to be ebbing at 1.2 kt at 14:21, just as we were finishing the  first race. That current appeared to run straight out to our  start-finish line and made tacking into it a slow and frustrating  process.      Venice Inlet Current Information    If  a boat which could in no current sail at 6 kt while going up wind and  would normally tack through a 90 deg. angle is actually bucking a 1 kt  adverse current it would then tack through 102 deg and only make 3.42 kt  good to windward. To the sailors it looks as if they are not making  much progress toward the marks and they will constantly be tacking too  soon and failing to make the marks. We all saw that happen Saturday.  Our next VSS Race day is Saturday, 10/20 and the Sarasota Yacht club regatta is Saturday, 11/3.

Yesterday was the first day of the VSS 2018-19 racing season, and it was a beautiful day for sailing.  I take that as a harbinger of good things to come!

The weather was mostly clear and sunny with a nice easterly breeze of around 8 to 12 knots with some gusts in the lower and mid teens. Definitely JAPSDIP!

1 Oct VSS Race

1 Oct VSS Race

In a way today was a momentous day for both the Venice Sailing Squadron and Green Flash Sailing as it was the beginning of a partnership in which Green Flash will be running the on-water aspects of the VSS Racing Program. In another way, the partnership started with a whimper, as only three boats came out on a pretty nice day. I do know why some boats didn't make it out, and maybe the current red tide event also played a role. The sight of thousands of dead fish wasn't very appealing.

16 April Distance Race

16 April Distance Race

Today's distance race was a 9.1 nm pursuit counter clock triangle race.  It seemed that the first mark Tom had moved somewhat to the NE .5 nm from the given course.  This was corrected by the 1st boat to round Tom , was Opalina Lou Salhhany which helped the rest of the fleet to adjust to Toms .5 correction. The winds were 15 to 18 knots out of the east south east with some clouds and sun with a light chop.  The final results were: 

Race Summary

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Race Summary

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 Saturday March 5, 2016, VSS Buoy Race.
 The first race was a pursuit start at 1300 hours, with a 6nm triangle windward leeward course.

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       Today's distance race was a perfect day in paradise.  We had 6 boats out 3 racers and 3 cruisers  Racers:   1st Reagan e finish time 15:27:52,   2nd Flash finish time 15:34:45,   3rd Fruition finish time 15:35:20.   Cruisers:   1st Opalina finish time 16:11:04,   2nd Irish Wake finish time 16:12:14,  3rd Joy finish time 16:17:00.   This was a 9 Nm triangle course and in a counter clock direction at 13:00 hours.  It was sunny all day, with light easterly winds for the start.  The winds shifted from SE to SW by the time all boats finished at 16:12:14. Norm Sooy  VSS, Fleet Captain Racing  

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 Today's distance race was a perfect day in paradise.
 We had 6 boats out 3 racers and 3 cruisers
 Racers: 

 1st Reagan e finish time 15:27:52,

 2nd Flash finish time 15:34:45,

 3rd Fruition finish time 15:35:20.

 Cruisers:

 1st Opalina finish time 16:11:04,

 2nd Irish Wake finish time 16:12:14,

3rd Joy finish time 16:17:00.

 This was a 9 Nm triangle course and in a counter clock direction at 13:00 hours.  It was sunny all day, with light easterly winds for the start.  The winds shifted from SE to
SW by the time all boats finished at 16:12:14.
Norm Sooy
 VSS, Fleet Captain Racing

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16 January Distance Race

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16 January Distance Race

  1st in was Reagan e 15:45:06, 2nd in was Flash 15:27:23, 3rd in Fruition 16:08:07.
The B class was just coming to the second mark at 16:25:00 when it was decided that they would not make the 17:00:00 finish time so the race committee made a decision to cancel the race due to the light air and declared that the B class boats would be scored at their present positions at that time.  1st was Bella Mer, 2nd Irish Wake, 3rd Opalina, 4th Sabbatical, DNF Joy steering problem, DNF Random Walk time factor.  
Norm Sooy
VSS Fleet racing

 

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31 October VSS Buoy Races Summary

Fellow Sailors:
 
Attached are the results of Saturday's Buoy race and the standings at October 31, 2015 after one Distance Race and one Buoy Race.
 
All of the Class A boats have PHRF ratings as Racer/Cruisers, except Fruition whose PHRF rating is that of Cruiser.  To increase compatibility the Race Committee adjusted Fruition's rating downward to eliminate the extensive number of credits allowed in the Cruising rating.

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17 October VSS Distance Race Summary

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17 October VSS Distance Race Summary

What a perfect day for sailing. Winds were from the east north east at 10 to 12 knots with sunny clear skies.
We had 8 boats out for the VSS Distance Pursuit Race, this was a 9 nm triangle counter clockwise course. This was also the first time our committee boat was used to monitor the race.
 What a wonderful addition to our racing program.
On the committee boat helping with the racing procedures were, Johnathan Philllps, Ken Nolan and Norm Sooy. This was my first experience being able to monitor and view all our Venice racers from the start-finish mark and it was very exciting.
Hope to see all our Venice Racers on Halloween Oct 31st for the VSS Buoy race.

 

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